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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending February 21, 2014)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
  1. 50 Smartest Companies 2014
    These businesses are setting the pace of innovation. They’re shaking up markets or creating new ones.
  2. Why Illumina Is No. 1
    After outflanking and outlasting competitors, it is on top of the genome-sequencing business—just as that market is about to soar in importance.
  3. A Battery with Liquid Electrodes Can Be Recharged or Refilled
    ARPA-E is funding several projects that use liquid battery electrodes to cut costs and increase energy density.
  4. Glass, Darkly
    For its wearable computer to be accepted, Google must convince people that the device isn’t creepy.
  5. Bitcoin Lacks the Properties of a Real Currency
    The digital cash lacks most of the features economists value in a currency, says David Yermack.
  6. For Mice, and Maybe Men, Pain Is Gone in a Flash
    Researchers find a way to turn pain on, and off, with a beam of light.
  7. Gene Test Helps Patients Avoid Thyroid Surgery
    A molecular diagnosis gives doctors and patients better treatment options when suspicious lumps are found in the neck.
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